The History of Crawfish Cook-off in Bryan, TX

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Five years ago in February our community of Bryan/College Station and it’s members were devastated. During a fire at the Knight’s of Columbus Hall two firemen lost their lives and two more were severely injured. It had been 35 years since our community had lost a fireman in the line of duty.

The horror of the incident had everyone in the community wanting to “do” something though many did not know what. Wade Beckman, of Shipwreck Grill, along with Brad Gause of JBG Plumbing, and Chad Hanks of the Crawfish Hole decided to hold a fundraiser. They knew that the community needed and wanted to gather to show their support and what better way than to have a crawfish boil!

Within 3 days of the incident the Firefighter Fundraiser was held at Shipwreck Grill in Bryan Texas. T-shirts were created and sold, an amazing silent auction was put together, proceeds from all crawfish sales were donated and the community rallied! People poured in and filled the Shipwreck parking lot; others unable to find parking or brave the crowd rolled down their windows and stopped the traffic officers with monetary donations which filled their pockets every 15 minutes! At the end of the evening, many tears had been shed and our community had come together to show it’s first responders that we were in this fight together. The fundraiser raised over $50,000 in a mere 5 hours!

One of the lessons learned from the incident and conversations with many firemen and policemen during the fundraiser was the efforts of The 100 Club. This is a non-profit organization that supports the dependents of law enforcement officers and firefighters killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty. They distribute approximately $300,000 per tragedy to insure the survivors have their basic needs taken care of so that they can take the time to begin to heal.

This organization struck a cord with Wade and I and we decided that we would hold and annual Crawfish Boil to support this organization that protects those left behind after tragedy strikes. We decided that we should make the event a team cooking event and Crawfish Cook-off was born!

The first cook-off was held in May of 2014, and was met with great success and enthusiasm! We have continued to grow the event each year and are excited to be planning our 4th event supporting The 100 Club.

Please mark your calendars for April 29, 2018 for this year’s event. You can find the event details under our Crawfish Cook-off Facebook Event or on our Shipwreck Grill website! This is a fun and family friendly event for a great cause!

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